Recent Reads #1

¡Hola, mi gente! I’m going to start by saying sorry for not posting here. I’ve been going through an episode of depression and haven’t had the energy to write and whenever I tried I couldn’t concentrate but then to make it even worse I got hit with a cold and I feel like crap. But I’m feeling better and I’m ready to go back to writing.

Ever since I last posted I have read a couple of books and today I’m going to talk about them. The first book I read was

17934530Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer

This book is so weird yet interesting. I’m going to start by saying that. This book is about this place called Area X that for one reason or another created an invisible border and changed into this unique place. The place became this Eden but something doesn’t seem right, there’s something odd going on. This place hasn’t had contact with civilization for thirty years except for certain expeditions this secret organization does. Let’s just say they haven’t turned out great since all the explorer died one way or another. Yet they keep trying and this time they sent a group of four women to check out the place. They were The Surveyor, The Psychologist, The Anthropologist, and the main character, The Biologist. Their job is to explore the area, take notes, and research everything in it. But what happens when The Biologist discovers something strange and becomes obsessed with figuring out what that is?

This book is very atmospheric. The description of the place makes you want to visit it even though you know that it’s probably a dangerous thing to do. It’s kind of like Alice in Wonderland, you know it’s not safe but you still want to check it out. But I must say the plot is not exactly fast-paced. We just follow her as she discovers new things and falls in love with the place and that’s why a big part of the plot is her describing what she sees. Still, it’s interesting enough that it will keep you wanting more.

There isn’t a lot of character development and we don’t get to know anything about the characters except for their job title and how they act during the expedition but there’s a reason for that.

This is a very intriguing read but it’s also a hit or miss. You either love it or hate it. I loved it and think that if it calls you, you should give it a try. It’s only 195 pages so it won’t take too long to read.

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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34308231._SY475_.jpgPeter Darling by Austin Chant

Do you like retellings? Do you like own voices queer books? Then this book is for you. Peter Darling is about Peter Pan who left Neverland and comes back 10 years later running away from a life that doesn’t accept him for who he is. Now as a grown adult, he is ready to fight, kill some pirates, and find adventure but what happens when he suddenly starts feeling an attraction to Captain Hook? Did I mention that Peter Pan is trans? No? Well, he is and like I mentioned before it’s an own voices novel.

How do I feel about this book? Well, I have not read Peter Pan and I do not remember a single thing about the movie so my thoughts are solely based on what I got from the book. I did not like Peter Pan. He comes back thinking he can just control the lost boys as if he never left and disrupt the peace they had with the pirates by killing them for no reason other than he’s bored and wants some adventure. I was like dude chill, not everything is about you.

I did like Hook. He was great, he was fun, and he was a fashionista without falling on the stereotype that gay men are effeminate. He might have treated his pirates like toys but deep down he was a caring person.

I like the message of the story. It teaches us that there will always be someone who accepts you for who you are, running away and pretending is not the solution for your problems, and that only you decide what being queer makes you.

It was a fun story or at least the latter half of it and I truly recommend it.

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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42202063Kings, Queens, and In-Betweens by Tanya Boteju

This is the perfect read for drag lovers. This story is about Nima a gay teen who’s in love with her straight best friend. She then decides to confess her undying love hoping that her straight best friend will magically turn queer and give her a chance. But what actually happens is that her friend is like dude, chill I’m straight, let’s just continue to be friends. Then for one reason or another, she discovers the world of drag and gets immersed in it.

I did not like Nima at all. Normally I don’t mind an unlikeable character but I could not stand her. She was a bad friend, made terrible decisions, and made everything about herself. Also, she called herself a best friend when she was only her friend because she was in love with her. She did not care about other people’s feelings unless they went with her plan or unless they fit her idea of trying to help. Again, I don’t mind an unlikeable character but her actions and personality molded the story and it annoyed the hell out of me. I also did not like her two best friends, they were dicks. The best part of this story is the other two main characters and learning about the world of drag.

The audiobook, or at least the one on Scribd, was terrible. The narration was great but it was constantly shifting between good and terrible quality which pulled me from the story and drove me crazy. I do not recommend.

Overall, I think the story was stuck between okay and good so it’s hard to rate it.

Rating:⭐⭐.5 to ⭐⭐⭐

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38745609._SY475_Welcome to Ghost Town by Gretchen Gomez

    This poetry collection deals with some pretty heavy topic so beware. I’ll put the trigger warning at the end of the post to avoid spoilers. But the way they are handled is beautiful and respectful. This is my favorite poetry collection and I can’t believe that it’s not that well known. That’s all I’m saying because I will be posting a review. 

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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     Well, those were my most recent reads. I cannot wait to continue this series. Have you read these books? Is any of them on your TBR? Comment down below. Thank you for reading, and

HAPPY READINGS!

 


Trigger alert for Welcome to Ghost Town

Trigger alert for:

domestic violence, emotional abuse, intimate partner abuse, physical abuse, rape, death, sexual assault, religion, anxiety, suicide, fire, gun violence, mental illness, drug abuse, homophobia, self-harm, child abuse, stalking, abandonment, blood, blackmail, nudity, and aggression.

Yes, a lot of triggers but if you think you can handle it then give this book a chance.

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